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Jeremy Jenkins has been running his meat processing business in Mount Victory, northwest of Columbus, for about a year. It’s typical for him to be booked up for several weeks, but now he’s turning away customers every day because he won’t be able to handle their job before Christmas.

Ohio is among the top states for several agricultural crops and for food production and processing. But while farming is considered an essential business under the various shutdown orders, it's a tough time for those who run the state's 76,000 farms.

The U.S. has reached two major trade agreements with international partners in the past month, with the Trump administration pitching these deals as a way to ease the burden farmers have shouldered during the trade war with China.

Every summer for the past three years, the phones have been ringing like crazy in the Office of the Indiana State Chemist. Farmers and homeowners were calling, complaining that their soybean fields or tomato plants looked sick, with curled-up leaves. They suspected pesticides from nearby farms — a kind of chemical hit-and-run.

It was up to investigators like Andy Roth to find the true culprit.

Lawmakers say a bill proposing to narrow the definition of milk will help Kentucky’s struggling dairy industry.

Farmers across the Midwest are facing tight profit margins and rising healthcare costs. And that means some hold off getting medical treatment or forgo health insurance altogether. In response, some state farm bureaus are trying to fill that gap by creating their own group health plan.

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The Campbell County Backroads Farm Tour returns on Saturday, July 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Twelve farms in the county will be open to guests who will see what life is like for local farmers and how they make their products.

The state is giving farmers another opportunity to apply for loans as they deal with severe weather and flooding that has kept many farmers from planting their crops. 

Ohio’s agriculture director is asking the federal government to help the state’s farmers, many of whom have been unable to plant crops because of rainy weather. 

The last time I visited Bret Davis' farm in Delaware County, earlier in the spring, I was asking him about a federal program helping farmers bit by the trade war. It was raining then, and it was wet and rainy when I spoke to him this week, too.

American soil.

Those are two words that are commonly used to stir up patriotic feelings. They are also words that can't be taken for granted, because today nearly 30 million acres of U.S. farmland are held by foreign investors. That number has doubled in the past two decades, which is raising alarm bells in farming communities.

Hamilton County Soil and Water Conservation District

A farming experiment in Crosby and Harrison townships has proven successful in improving soil quality and reducing the use of herbicides. Now the Hamilton County agency that helped facilitate it is encouraging other farmers and even home gardeners to give it a try.

During the early 1800s, wheat production made Ohio one of the leading grain-growing states in the U.S. As prairie land was settled and major wheat growing moved westward, the grain became less important to the state’s agricultural economy. Corn and soybeans became the staple of farming, and now wheat fields are few and far between in the Ohio countryside.

Commentary: Defining Rural Character

Aug 16, 2018

Looking out over the rolling farm fields from the front porch of his 94 acre farm in Gambier, located in Knox county, former Kenyon College professor and former Director of the Rural Life Center, Howard Sacks reflects on what the definition of rural character is, and what it means to him.

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Farmers and serious gardeners will tell you, growing is hard work. Work that can be wiped out by disease, insects or an unexpected turn in the weather. 

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Natasha Bowens is a farmer, author, and creator of the multimedia project The Color of Food, which explores in words and pictures the changing face of farming in present-day America. 

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As more people discover the health and financial benefits of growing their own fruits and vegetables, many expand their efforts and increase their produce production. And some consider becoming self-sufficient or farming to generate income. 

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The colorful staples you find at a farmers market, from fresh nectarines to ripe tomatoes, come from local farms. Many of these farms are independent or family-owned, some are passed down through generations. The average age of today’'s farmers is fifty-nine years old yet many people in their twenties and thirties are turning to farming as a career. Raising crops and livestock is a rewarding way of life for many but isn'’t without its challenges.

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Farming is an industry worth more than $100 billion in Ohio. But all the rain this summer means farmers weren't able to plant all their corn and soybean fields. And what seeds were planted are being drowned.

Richard Horan's "Harvest"

Oct 26, 2012

The book Harvest: An Adventure into the Heart of America's Family Farms tells of author Richard Horan’s coast to coast journey to work at various farms and help bring in the harvest. As he shares with Thane Maynard, the American farmer is still out there, fighting the odds and facing all challenges.

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